I know some people complain about King's narration in this. I forgot it -was- King most of the time. I've always enjoyed King's narration. He is good enough at doing different voices for different characters that I'm never confused, and I appreciate that he doesn't 'over act' either. He's reading you a book, not putting on a show. My only complaint about his narration is that he does a hilariously bad job with Rev. Willy. He's trying to do a sort evangelical televangelist cadence... and it comes out like a really hysterically bad Italian accent. Maybe that's what that sort of Reverend would really sound like in Maine, I don't know. Luckily we only have to listen to ten or fifteen minutes of it during the whole book. Other then that, I have no complaints about his narration.
If you really like King's small town drama/suspense type books, you'll really enjoy this. The interconnections of the characters and the fabric of small town life is really rich. One of the main characters, Allen (the sheriff) had me vested in him from almost the moment he was on the page. This book has a few gross out moments that seem to be common of his earlier work, but they pass quickly, and after all, this is Stephen King. I assume you're not expecting kittens and rainbows. I stop short of giving this five stars, because everything wraps up in sort of a rush. Everything's tied up well enough, but it feels a little lazy after everything we've gone through with the characters to get to that point. On the other hand, maybe that's what we're supposed to take away from this, the utter chaos left in the wake of something that has little meaning and context. In any case, its a great ride. I've listened to it several times and am sure I'll listen to it several times more.
This is one of my favorite stories by Stephen King. At first I thought him reading his own book was going to be hard to listen to, but I found King delightful to listen to. After all he knew how he wanted his reader to imagine it while they read it and he read it that way. So, many places in the novel that made me laugh because King has a great sense of humor. Some of the parts were shocking and scary and King read those parts beautifully. A long time ago when he first published this novel I read it. I loved this story back then. I love it even more with King as the performer.
I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a great story with a little fun, a little mystery, a little love story, a little naughtiness (hehe) and just a great way to spend some driving time or traveling time.
I found the music appropriate. At times it was used to build up the suspense. I did not mind it all. Made it seem more like I was listening to a movie or a play. The tickling of the little silver bell when someone opens the door to the strange shop, puts you the listener walking into that shop yourself.
critical book reader
A wonderfully told eternal story of temptations, desires, and a price we are willing to pay!
I have always loved this book, I have it in Hardback, and now on my Kindle, and also now on my Ipod, I just finished listening to Stephen's Narration, and he is excellent,
I liked how he was able to narrate each characters in the books
He made the Characters practically come to life, you could almost imagine what each of the characters looked like, and how they sounded, I like to close my eyes and just listen to how he describes each of them and imagine what they look like and match the sound to each of them.
I work 16-18 hrs. 6 days a week, I listen to Stephen on the way to work, during my breaks, and on the way home. He makes my work day a whole lot more enjoyable, and he's my entertainment instead of TV.
Can't wait to start listening to his next book.
I loved the way Stephan king narrated the book. The book was so fun. The story is eerie small town horror, then at the same time funny. I couldn't have been more entertained. Every time I had to leave this audio book I felt like a kid being told part of a bedtime story by my father, when my father said that was all he could read tonight, and I had to wait for the rest tomorrow night.
I don’t know if how many people I will find that I like to hear narrate a book, but if I were as good as Stephan King is I would think I would be rich. He is great.
This audio book is one i would garantee to customers their satisfaction, if i were to sell it, and their money back. Its a sure thing. now that i am done listening i am going straight to another Stephan King narration.
I like cake. I don't like zombies or clowns, even if they have cake.
Were it not for the horrible soundtrack, yes. King reading his own work was a great experience, but the music was grating and far too prevalent. A good soundtrack occurs at an almost subconscious level. This one demanded attention, like a screaming child in a movie theater.
King's trademark way of telling stories within stories and managing a complex cast of characters.
I though SK did a great job narrating his own work.
I enjoyed the read and typical of King books, I found the ending to be less than I was hoping for, but enough to satisfy.
Because of the horrible soundtrack, I wouldn't recommend this audiobook, but it's a decent SK novel and worthy of a read if you like King's style.
Yes. It's a good story. A cautionary tale of the price that is paid for owning that "must have" item. It is a look into the human psyche.
Not on the edge of my seat, but it was engrossing just the same.
I've heard a few of his stories as read by Stephen King. While he is not the world's greatest actor, he is a very good narrator. And (most of the time) I enjoy listening to an author read his or her works. What I most enjoyed is that he can do a bonafide Maine accent (since he is from Maine) when it is called for. Since this story takes place in Castle Rock, Maine, the accent is called for. You also get a sense of wicked glee in his reading. I think he enjoys narrating almost as much as he enjoys the writing.
I'd like to take Polly Chalmers and Alan Pangborn out to dinner. They are the two most forthright charactors in the book. Even though Polly falls under the spell of Mr. Gaunt, she has an inner struggle with her common sense "Yankee" self and comes out better than most. Alan has his own struggles not related to a needful thing until the very end. However, he realizes the false note in the video, helping to break the spell that Mr. Gaunt has cast over the entire town. It would be interesting to know their take on why owning a needful thing can be so powerful as to enduce people to play "tricks" on their neighbors.
It's a very good book. Well written and thought provoking, even as it blooms into horror. What needful thing would you; would I be willing to pay for with a handful of change and a prank that no one would associate with us? Food for thought, that.
No, things needful are not to be shared.
Gaunt. Mixes the pot.
Humor. Tone of voice.This man loves his work and loves to love his work.
Have read this book upon first release. Can't see too good these days. Love the option of audiobooks. Listen to this story again and again. Wish I was there.
No, but only because I have read the book, so the story is well cemented in my memory.
Everything. Pace, dialogue, characters, beggining, unfolding, climax, and ending. It helps that it is narrated by the author himself.
There are many. I could not possibly pick just one. But if I have to I would say the scene where Mrs. Rusk rushes to Needful Things panicking over her broken "Elvis" sunglasses, completely either unaware or not caring that her privates showed through a partly opened robe. She had been masturbating while wearing the King's sunglasses all day long after all. She could care less her lard body was flapping to the world, all she wanted was her precious needful thing fixed! Never mind her youngest son was in a hospital, and her oldest was in... never mind, read or listen to the story!
Yes, but I didn't. Work and showering got in the way.
What you really want and need to know is if this story is worth your credits. It is if you are a fan of Stephen King's novels. Heck you might like this story even if you have never read anything by Stephen King before but heard he writes creepy stories. This story is creepy alright, and even funny in several chapters. You also need to know how well the narrator performs. Great! in my opinion. SK does the deed himself.
It has enough power from beginning to end to keep you needing more from a store with a green awning.
When she finds out that the noise in her necklace is a spider
The last one when the joke only a guy as evil as the store ownwer can appreciate is used as a weapon.
Pauly because she has more heart than any of the others